Millwall boss explains reason for benching Fergie for Preston game

NEIL Harris revealed Shane Ferguson was left out of the starting XI against Preston last Saturday as a consequence of Millwall's busy schedule.

The Lions play their seventh game in February when they take on Hull City at the KCOM Stadium on Tuesday night.

Ferguson had laid on an assist for Jed Wallace's winner at Derby in the previous game, but was left out at the weekend as Tom Elliott started up front with Lee Gregory.

Elliott was withdrawn and half-time and Ferguson came on for Murray Wallace at left-back as Millwall improved after the break and got a goal back in a 3-1 defeat.

Ferguson could be back in the side against Hull.

Harris said: "I thought he did well. Fergie is one of them: probably not three games in six days for him, physically.

"Fergie certainly comes into reckoning for Tuesday night.

"Hull becomes the third game in six days so obviously we have to think about not just the physical aspect of it but also the disappointing performances of some of the players [against Preston].

"What I will say is it's three defeats in 13 games so the majority of the players have played a lot of football and done well.

"[Saturday] they didn't hit those standards. I'll certainly take my time in considering my starting XI on Tuesday night."

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John Kelly